The Power of Empathy


I believe that NOTHING IN THE LAW MAKES SENSE EXCEPT IN LIGHT OF EMPATHY.  This is especially true when it comes to sentencing.  A lawyer’s ability to understand and connect with a client is essential to their practice. 

But it’s not an easy concept to understand, it’s not always easy to put into practice, and it’s even harder to get decision-makers to feel empathy for those that have done something wrong. 

This episode is “one from the vault,” but it was too good and too important not to share.  I recorded this literally six years ago, when the podcast was still a million miles away from becoming reality.  Audio’s a little rough, but hopefully you’ll be ok.

Dr. Elizabeth Segal is a Ph.D., a social worker, and a professor at Arizona State University.  She is the author of the book “Social Empathy”, released in 2018.   I was so grateful to be able to spend some time with Dr. Segal to talk all about empathy – what it is, why it matters, and what it can mean to clients who navigate our dehumanizing legal system.


Dr. Segel’s book, “Social Empathy” is available at Amazon at this link:   

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